Before we proceed, we'd like to remind our readers who intend to buy Black Ops 3 for last-gen consoles that it won't be the same as current-gen versions. For starters, it won't include a campaign, won't feature a theater mode, won't have a season pass, and won't be developed by Treyarch. The Beenox-developed $49.99 version will have multiplayer and Zombies, and will require an 8GB update. Availability of DLC and other features may vary. Also note that you won't be able to transfer your data from last-gen versions to current-gen versions like in Advanced Warfare.
Black Ops 3's single-player AI has been overhauled so that players establish a better understanding of their environment as opposed to just going in and getting simple kills. The game will also have an "extended mastery curve" alongside some key additions such as the safe house, cyber cores and tactical rigs, and larger environments.
Players will be able to play any of Black Ops 3's campaign missions when they boot up the game. Game Director Jason Blundell said that the developers want players to have the freedom to play how they want. But that's not all. Black Ops 3's story will be intentionally "screwed up," according to Design Director David Vonderhaar.
Bring on the mystery!
Alongside Hardened and Veteran difficulties, Black Ops 3 will feature a Realistic difficulty setting that will see players dying with just one shot. To make it through the campaign on this difficulty, you'll need to work very closely with your co-op buddies and survive as a group.
Black Ops 3's movement system is based on momentum, chaining together moves to engage the enemy. In this video, Treyarch Studio's David Vonderhaar and Dan Bunting walk us through the combat movement tutorial.
Using the new movement system, Black Ops 3's new Free Run mode will test players' puzzle-solving and time-management skills. The mode gets increasingly difficult, with the difficulty level ranging from beginner to expert. There will also be a leaderboard to facilitate your bragging rights!
Black Ops 3 will allow us to play as a female throughout the game. Treyarch said that the campaign is gender-neutral, and players will have various customization options including outfits, weapons, equipment, etc.
The campaign stars Christopher Meloni as Commander John Taylor, Katee Sackhoff as Sarah Hall, Sean Douglas as Jacob Hendricks, Rachel Kimsey as Rachel Kane, and Tony Amendola as Dr. Yousef Salim. Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch, Ben Browder, and Abby Brammell have also worked on the game.
Black Ops 3's multiplayer classes will be called "Specialists," and there will nine of them to choose from alongside a custom loadout prior to each match. These nine specialists are: Ruin, Outrider, Battery, Prophet, Reaper, Nomad, Seraph, Spectre and last but not least, Firebreak. Watch PSLS' Mack hit level 40 in the game's beta, and show off Spectre in the video below.
Treyarch has confirmed that Black Ops 3 won't allow "panic knifing," making melee attacks considerably weaker as they curb one-hit kills. On the other hand, sniping will be slightly easier as using the scopes of long-ranged sniper rifles has been made easy in an attempt to adjust sensitivity.
Having spent a considerable about of time with Black Ops 3's beta, we managed to showcase multiplayer playlists, create-a-class, Specialists, Paintshop and even the Cerberus scorestreak, which is the hardest one to get. You can check out our three detailed videos here.
Black Ops 3's multiplayer will allow us to equip up to four gun attachments. In the video below, PSLS' Mack shows you just how to do that.
With a Zombies mode confirmed, Black Ops 3 has been described as a "3-in-1" experience that also includes compelling single-player and revamped multiplayer modes. Zombies, as seen in this reveal trailer, is set in the 1940s and stars Jeff Goldblum, Heather Graham, Neal McDonough, Ron Perlman, and Robert Picardo.
The Giant Zombies Map (seen in this trailer) comes with all Collector's Editions as well as the Season Pass. Rumor has it that Black Ops 3 also features a Nightmare mode that turns the single-player campaign into a Zombies campaign. Details are still a bit sketchy, though.
Still not convinced? Don't worry, we have previews to help you make up your mind. PSLS' Chandler got to experience the game hands-on following its initial reveal, but we also got to spend a considerable time with its beta and previewed the multiplayer aspect for our readers separately. Our time with the game at E3 2015 led us to award it a PSLS Best of E3 Award as well!
Sony and Activision have extended their partnership beyond Destiny, making PlayStation the new home of Call of Duty. Under the agreement, all DLC will be exclusive Sony's platforms for thirty days.
PlayStation owners also got to participate first in the game's beta back in August.
Those who are into competitive Call of Duty should note that Black Ops 3 will bring with it a "completely reimagined ranked play system.” For a full list and detailed description of all the eSports features, click here.
Black Ops 3 contains 48 trophies, and it seems that most of them can be unlocked through the single-player mode. Click here for the full list.
Black Ops 3's pre-order bonuses include a PS4 theme, an Advanced Warfare - Black Ops 3 bonus pack, and the fan favorite Nuke3own multiplayer map. The Season Pass includes four DLC map packs that bring back re-imagined fan-favorite maps from Call of Duty: World at War and Call of Duty: Black Ops series.
One of Black Ops 3's Collector's Editions includes a mini fridge. You read that right, the Juggernog Edition comes with a fully-functioning mini fridge, the Season Pass, and the Giant Zombies map among other goodies. Then, there's the Hardened Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition, the contents of which are listed here.
Treyarch announced a Black Ops 3 loyalty program (PS4, Xbox One and PC only), which will reward those who reached certain levels in Black Ops 2, Ghosts or Advanced Warfare. The image on the left shows what you'll receive.
The Black Ops 3 1TB PlayStation 4 bundle will be available in Europe and North America starting Nov 6. It comes with an ember orange logo on a Jet Black chassis, complete with colored power and eject buttons, as well as three emblems on the front - each representing a game mode.
If you pre-ordered Black Ops 3 through the PlayStation Network, then you can pre-load it right now. The entire game clocks in at 45GB.
Ready to play? Before you jump in, check out this 10-min history of the Black Ops series, especially if you're new to it. The video is quite helpful, and gives a detailed timeline of events.